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Eastern & Oriental Express

The Eastern & Oriental Express is more than a voyage, it is a memoir of a forgotten era of travel, the so-called Golden Age when riding the rails was a passage of elegance, meeting eccentric characters en route. Today, the green livery of the train gives way to beautifully restored cabins appointed with glossy wood panelling, silk furnishings and stunning restaurant cars, where perfectly plated meals are served on white tablecloths.  

The train has been making history since its inaugural journey in September 1993, which travelled from Bangkok to Singapore. Japanese carriages have been transformed in Singapore to the beautiful cars that you see today; it’s the perfect way to experience the dynamic cities, sleepy villages, and lush paddies, and towering mountains of Southeast Asia.  

Life on board Eastern & Oriental Express


The train’s handsome green and gold livery adorns its stunning carriages, each one bearing the iconic insignia of the Eastern & Oriental Express. On board, the interiors are straight out of a 1930s film – the Shanghai Express, perhaps – with cherry and elm wood panelling, opulent silks, and Malaysian embroidery.  

Observation Car 

The highlight is certainly the magnificent open-sided observation car, where you can stand outside and enjoy the refreshing breeze as you look out over tropical forests and tea plantations – though it’s worth noting the whole train is air conditioned, so you can seek respite from the sultry jungle air. 

Dining Car 

You will dine in one of two restaurant cars. Each beautifully appointed in floral décor reminiscent of the region’s colourful landscapes, elm panels, rosewood inlays and lacquered panels hand-painted with delicate blooms. In typical Belmond style, the tables are dressed in European cutlery and hand-cut glass crystal, enhanced further by silk wall coverings and comfortable upholstered armchairs, perfect for sitting back and enjoying delectable multi-course dinners. Indulge in sumptuous Malaysian cuisine from the comfort of our dining carriages, courtesy of star chef Andre Chiang. 

Piano Bar 

There’s also an attractive restaurant car and piano bar, serving signature cocktails inspired by cities and landscapes that the train passes through – perhaps a fruity Singapore Sling, or a warming Royal Nightcap before bed? 


The menus on board take inspiration from the royal palaces, tea plantations and coastal villages that the journey visits – perhaps pan-fried scallops, or Nyonya curry – and many journeys feature special treats from famous chefs: sample dishes from renowned Thai chef Ian Kittichai, join Luke Mangan on a tour of Singapore’s exotic food markets, take a lesson in chocolate painting with pastry chef Janice Wong, or sample a special dinner created by the ‘sultan of spice’, Didier Corlou.


Traditional Belmond service – that is, the most luxurious trains in the world – marries with the genteel hospitality of the Far East on these journeys. Slip down a few gears and enjoy a journey back in time, to the Colonial era of Singapore Sling cocktails and high tea accompanied by the strains of a tinkling piano. Every beautifully attired steward on board is committed to ensuring that you make the most of the experience, with expertly made cocktails just the way they should be, foot massages when you’re weary from sightseeing, and insights about the fascinating locomotive and your epic voyage.

Off-Train Excursions

Enrich your adventure with a series of off-train excursions and activities. Whether you’re enjoying close encounters with the endangered Malayan Tiger, sampling authentic culinary delights or spending time with the locals of traditional villages, you’re journey promises memories that you will last a lifetime. 

  • Save Wild Tigers 
  • Enjoy a Peranakan Cooking Class 
  • Discover Georgetown’s UNESCO Old Quarter 
  • Savour a private snorkelling experience 

Cabins & Suites

Belmond trains are as luxurious as their fleet of five-star hotels, with elegant accommodation fitted with all the modern comforts you need to enjoy your stay on board. All of the cabins are blissfully air conditioned, so you can be sure of a cool night’s sleep even when the balmy outside temperature is climbing.


Step into a haven of timeless allure as you enter the twin bed configuration of the Pullman Cabins. Sink into sumptuous seating during the day, basking in the abundance of natural light streaming through two expansive windows. As the stars illuminate the night sky, indulge in the snug embrace of upper and lower berths adorned with pristine linens, creating a cosy retreat that enchants and captivates. 

  • Air-conditioning 
  • En suite shower rooms with WC 
  • Personal safe 
  • Hairdryer 
  • Luxury toiletries 
  • 24-hour onboard service 
  • Entertainment on demand 


Immerse yourself in the bright and spacious ambiance of the Eastern & Oriental Express’ State Cabins, seamlessly connecting you to the ever-changing landscapes beyond. During the day, luxuriate in ample elegance, and as the day’s adventures unfold, raise a nightcap before retiring to the comfort of two single beds at floor level. Take in the captivating designs of the State Cabins while Malaysia’s scenery rushes past.  

  • Air-conditioning 
  • En suite shower rooms with WC 
  • Personal safe 
  • Hairdryer 
  • Luxury toiletries 
  • 24-hour onboard service 
  • Entertainment on demand 
  • Large windows 
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